Perry jumps to sixth in the nation in assists

INDIANAPOLIS --- Sophomore Luke Perry (Cheshire, England) is ranked sixth in the nation in assists, and the Lees-McRae College men's soccer team is listed in 13 categories in this week's edition of the NCAA Division II men's soccer statistics, announced NCAA officials Wednesday.

Lees-McRae (13-4-3, 7-1-1 CC) captured the program's fourth-straight Conference Carolinas regular season title and third Conference Carolinas Tournament crown last week, earning a berth in the NCAA Division II men's soccer championship as the sixth seed in this week's Southeast Regional. The Bobcats enter the week ranked 22nd in winning percentage (0.725), 26th in total goals (41.0), 29th in team goals against average (0.900), 47th in scoring offense (2.05), and 80th in shutout percentage (0.3).

Perry has come on strong over the last two weeks, recording seven assists in his last seven matches to jump into sixth in the nation with 10 helpers. The 2010 all-Conference Carolinas First Team selection is also ranked 18th in assists per match.

Conference Carolinas Player of the Year Lee Squires (Sheffield, England) continues to be ranked among the nation's leaders, entering the week listed 15th in total points (35), 19th in total goals (14), 27th in markers per match (1.75), 29th in goals per contest (0.7), and 39th in total assists (seven). Freshman Justin Jones (Jamestown, N.C.) enters the week tied with Squires for 39th in the nation with seven assists.

James Galvani (High Wycombe, U.K.) begins the week ranked 42nd in total points (26), 47th in total goals (10), 66th in markers per match (1.37), and 67th in total assists (six). Freshman goalkeeper Thomas Rusling (Sheffield, England) is also listed 28th in goals against average (0.878) after recording three consecutive shutouts in the conference tournament to earn tournament MVP honors. Junior midfielder David Palmer (Gateshead, England) enters the week ranked 67th in total goals (nine) and 77th in total points (22).

Lees-McRae returns to the pitch on Wednesday as the sixth-seeded Bobcats travel to Morrow, Ga. to take on third-seeded and fourth-ranked Clayton State University in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament. The match is slated for 2 p.m. at Laker Field.

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